Oculus Go Tips and Tricks

How to use a gamepad with Oculus Go

You can use an aftermarket gamepad with Oculus Go. A gamepad has to have Bluetooth to connect Oculus Go. Don’t look for a Bluetooth setting in the VR, or you will never find it. The setup should be done with the Oculus app on your smartphone, which you use for the setup of the headset. Open the app > Settings > Oculus Go [Serial Number] > Controller > + Pair New Controller > Pair Gamepad, and the app is now searching new devices. You need to put your gamepad in pairing mode in the meantime. When the app discovers your gamepad, it shows the name of the gamepad on the screen. Tap that and done.

I tried to pair Gear VR controller in the same way, but the app never shows Gear VR controller on display. I went back and tapped Pair Oculus Go Controller, but it doesn’t work, either. I prefer Gear VR controller because it feels better in my hand, easier to use, and above all, there is a volume button. The location of volume button on Oculus Go isn’t friendly for left-handed. But, anyway, it seems there is no way to connect GearVR controller with Oculus Go.

How to turn off Oculus Go properly

Needless to say, turning off the device during no use saves the battery. But, when I just got the Oculus Go, I was making a mistake on how to turn off the device. Actually, it had been on or in sleep mode all the time for a couple of days. Just pressing a power button doesn’t turn off the device but puts it into sleep mode. To wake up the headset, just put it on your head, and Oculus Go automatically lights up, thanks to a proximity sensor.

Holding down the power button for a few seconds doesn’t turn off the device, either. If you keep wearing the headset, you can see what’s going on. After holding down the power button for a few seconds, a pop-up screen shows up and prompts you to choose from Power off, Reboot, or Cancel. When you click Power off, the Go finally turns off. Or, if you keep pressing the power button another 5 to 6 seconds (7 to 8 seconds in total), the Go will turn off.

My mistake was that I took off the headset first and then held down the power button for only a few seconds, so I didn’t see the popup. Then, after leaving it on the desk for around 10 seconds, the power LED turned off. So, I thought it turned off. But, it actually went into sleep mode. Whether or not you press the power button, the headset goes into sleep mode after taking off the headset and leaving it on a desk for around 10 seconds. If you want to make it happen quickly, press the power button, and the headset goes to sleep right away.

There is one more thing about power on/off, which annoys me a little. I don’t know whether it is a manufacturer’s intention or a bug, but when you hook a USB cable to charge the headset, the Go turns on automatically. Although I try to turn it off while it’s charging, it comes back on right away. It may not be a problem while it’s charging, but it’s annoying that I have to turn off again after it’s fully charged and disconnected from the cable. Otherwise, it may automatically turn on when the proximity sensor detects something. It’s most likely the over-the-head strap falling onto the sensor. I wish firmware update will fix this problem.

When Oculus Go can’t find your controller…

Sometimes, the Oculus Go headset lose the connection with the controller. It says, “We couldn’t find your controller. Check the battery, move the controller closer, or contact Oculus support.” Once it happens, it’s stubborn to keep saying the same message over and over although you are holding the controller in your hand. As it prompts, you may have checked the battery, opened the battery cover, removed and reinstalled the battery. But it still says the same message. What you need to do is to hold down Home and Back buttons together for 7 to 8 seconds. It will recover the connectivity between the headset and the controller.

How to watch movies with Oculus Go

A USB Micro-B port on the side of the headset is not only for charging, but you can also transfer files from the computer via a USB cable. After connecting the cable, you have to look into the headset. A popup shows up and asks you if you allow access to data. Click Allow with the remote, and now it’s ready to transfer. The image is how the internal storage looks when it’s connected to a Windows computer. If you have video files, transfer them into Movies folder by a drag-and-drop, and you can find those files when you open video apps such as Oculus Video (pre-installed), Moon VR Player (free). Watching 3D movies is one of the most exciting experiences you can have with a VR headset. VR headsets efficiently work 3D video files and video apps allow you watch them on a big screen in virtual theater. Some apps like Moon VR Player can change the size of the screen so you can find the best size for you to feel a maximum¬†3D effect.

How to clean up the storage

If you download movies and enjoy watching them on the Oculus Go, you will soon fill up the storage of the headset. You can delete the files when you hook up to the computer. However, after removing some files, you will notice that free space in the storage hasn’t changed. Refreshing the page on the computer doesn’t help. All you need to do is to reboot the headset. Hold down the power button for a few seconds, look into the headset, and choose “Reboot” with the controller. After that, when you see the storage on the computer, you will see some free space by deleting files before rebooting.

If you don’t want to wear a head strap…

The head strap of Oculus Go is stretchy and comfortable. But do you want to ditch the head strap sometimes and hold the headset by your hands? For example, when you are reclining on a couch or lying on a bed, and watching a movie, you may want to hold the headset by your hands instead of strapping on your head. In this way, you feel less pressure on your face. The head strap is mounted on the brackets, and the brackets can turn all the way around, 360-degrees. So, you don’t have to loosen or remove the strap. All you have to do is to turn to the position until the strap doesn’t bother your face. I first turned them upward. But soon I realized that was a mistake because the brackets are actually integrated speakers. They are too far in this position. So, I turn them downward. And now, over-the-head strap blocks the way, but you can detach on the back side easily. The front goes through a loop, but the back is the only velcro. Turning around 45-degree is enough to clear around the faceplate, and the sound from the speakers is clear and loud enough for me in this position.

Read: Oculus Go all-in-one standalone VR headset review

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